Viktor Yeliohin, former soloist with the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine is a Ballet Master, Professor of Choreography and Studio Director with a career spanning more than twenty years.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Viktor began his ballet studies in 1967, graduating from the Tashkent State Higher School of National Dance and Choreography of Uzbekistan. He holds the degree of Professor of Choreography from the prestigious Ukrainian Academy of Dance in Kiev, Ukraine, which was presented in May, 1995. Continue Reading.
Nadine Revene began her career at age 16 with the Broadway production of Call Me Madam. While she continued her ballet training she also appeared at New York City Center in revivals of such musicals as Carousel (Louise), King and I, Kiss Me, Kate, Finian’s Rainbow, and Brigadoon. On Broadway she appeared in The Music Man starring Robert Preston and Barbara Cook.
Her professional career in ballet includes Ballet Theatre (ABT), NY City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. While dancing professionally she toured Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
Ms. Revene has 30 years of teaching experience. In addition to owning her own studio in New York City, she taught at Ballet Arts, Alvin Ailey Dance Center and privately.
Danika Bigley holds a BFA in Dance Performance from the Purchase Dance Conservatory in NY. Raised in Bellevue Washington, she attended the Pacific Northwest Ballet School and performed multiple times with the PNB Company. In 2007 she moved with her family to the East Coast where she studied at Lancaster School of Ballet and Susquehanna Dance Center in her new hometown of Lancaster, PA. Throughout high school she performed principal roles with Ballet Theater of Lancaster and COBALT Dance Company, and participated in Mark Morris Dance Group workshops in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017 she launched the Durang Dance Collective, which serves to educate and entertain local audiences through exposure to world-class dance by emerging choreographers. Performance highlights include. “Lift Every Voice”, “End Aloud”, “Nutcracker” (Purchase Dance Company), “Four Seasons”, “Roman Holiday”, “Carnival of the Animals” (COBALT), “Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat”, “Fulton Follies”, “Wizard of Oz” (Fulton), “CHESS”, “West Side Story”, “Evita” (PRiMA), “Music Man”, “Once Upon a Mattress”, “Sound of Music” (LBC).
Brooke is a former student of Viktor who has not limited herself to any method or genre of dance. She was fortunate enough to train in Vaganova, ISTD, and Cecchetti, but her passion for the art really developed in her jazz, hip hop, and contemporary training. While attending Duquesne University, Brooke was a member of the university’s Dance Theater Company which gave her the opportunity to grow further as both a dancer and choreographer. She was able to set several pieces on the company, teach classes, and sit on their board. Living in Pittsburgh also gave her the chance to be cast in multiple pieces with Exhalations Dance Theatre, a budding dance company. After accepting a job in Lancaster, Brooke returned in 2017 where she quickly dove back into teaching, setting pieces, and helping choreograph theater shows. She’s excited be back in the VYIBA family and aid in developing students that are pursuing their love of dance.
Stephanie Morales is a graduate from Belhaven University with her BA in Dance. During her time at Belhaven, Stephanie had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Vincent Hardy, Sheron Wray, Kim Nofsinger, Kellis McSparrin-Oldenburg and Brandon Mitchell as well as the faculty from her university. Much of her training was heavily focused in ballet and modern, but throughout the years has received training in other styles such as jazz and hip-hop. As a native from Lancaster, she has had the blessing of training at Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy and Lancaster School of Ballet where she participated in there company performances. Stephanie is excited to be back home teaching and is looking forward to share her college experiences and training with her students.
Devon Lutz holds a BA in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University. While in college, Devon performed in the Virginia Repertory Dance Company, JMUs pre-professional dance company. Under the direction of Shane O’Hara, VA Rep performed in a number o cities including; Richmond, Charlottesville, Washington DC and Brooklyn, NY. After graduating, Devon moved to Philadelphia and began performing and creating with femme. Collective, a group of artists committed to helping women share work in the city. In Lancaster, Devon has performed with Rev9 Dance Company and at the Fulton Theatre.
As a choreographer, Devon has presented her work at the American College Dance Festival, James Madison University and Philadelphia, PA. She also has the honor of working under Cody Smith as one of the choreographers for Hempfield High School’s Dance Theatre. This is where she found her love of teaching and working with students.
Gabi is a former student of VYIBA and is excited to return home and teach the next generation of students. Gabi received her BFA in Dance Performance with a minor in Fashion Media and Journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and continued on to dance professionally with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She has trained with ballet masters from all over the world from schools such as the Vaganova Academy, School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba, among others. She has been fortunate enough to perform ballets by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Michel Fokine, Anthony Tudor, Adam Hougland, and several contemporary choreographers. While in school, Gabi trained extensively in the Martha Graham technique under many of Graham’s protégés. She has learned many of Graham’s most famous works and had the opportunity to work with other modern dance companies and choreographers such as Delfos Danza Contemporania, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. She loves the way that dance allows her to experiment with movement and emotion and hopes to be able to share her passion with others.